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Non-multiplex flick picks

Trigun: Badlands Rumble

Honestly, we have a hard time following the plots of most anime movies. There's way too much going on for us to connect the dots. Besides, most of them seem like they're the 15th chapter of a 26-part saga, and too bad for you if you haven't seen any of the other parts. But there's no denying the dizzying animation in most of these films. The latest movie in the Trigun series (based on a TV show) is about a thief, bounty hunters, and settling some old scores. We think. Either way, it looks awesome, especially on the big screen. It shows at 7 p.m. Wednesday, August 24, at Plaza Cinemas at Chapel Hill, and 7 p.m. Thursday, August 25, at the Cedar Lee. — Michael Gallucci

La Région Centrale

The Cinematheque's John Ewing says this movie from 1971 has never been shown in a Cleveland theater. And at three hours long and a piece of avant-garde cinema, we suspect this may be your only chance to see it. Cinematheque. At 7 p.m. Thursday, August 25.

Beer Wars

Documentary about American beer. Unlike the majority of U.S. brews, it doesn't suck. Cleveland Museum of Art's Morley Lecture Hall. At 7 p.m. Friday, August 26.

City of Life and Death

Epic movie based on a 1937 battle that ended with the deaths of more than 300,000 Chinese people. Cinematheque. At 9:30 p.m. Friday, August 26, and 7 p.m. Saturday, August 27.

Cultures of Resistance

A globetrotting documentary about how art movements across the planet fight for peace. Cleveland Museum of Art's Morley Lecture Hall. At 7 p.m. Wednesday, August 24.

The Poor Ones

Turkish movie from 1974 about three ex-cons struggling in the real world. Cinematheque. At 6:30 p.m. Sunday, August 28.

Vincent Wants to Sea

Three mixed-up kids (including a guy with Tourette's syndrome) break out of an institution and hit the road in this new movie that was voted Best Film at this year's Cleveland International Film Festival. Cinematheque. At 7:30 p.m. Friday, August 26, 9:35 p.m. Saturday, August 27, and 4 p.m. Sunday, August 28.

Yol

Another Turkish movie (this one from 1982) about convicts returning home and not fitting in too well. It seems to be a common theme for director (and ex-con) Yilmaz Güney. Cinematheque. At 8:05 p.m. Sunday, August 28.

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